Review: What is better than an original piece of dubstep brilliance? Here we see the Forest Biz team join forces with Le Lion for a super creative two track project. We begin with the quaggy textures and amphibian nature of 'The Architect', a truly uniquely designed steppers creation, encompassing mischievously dingey layers of sub bass into the mix with supreme skill. On the flip side we hear the next stage in 'The Architect's Glitch', a more wonky design in its structure but lacking no less potency as it's hefty drum designs ring true.
Review: In truth, the Netherlands has rarely been considered a dubstep hotbed. While the country's electronic music pedigree is impressive - from deep house and techno to trance and instrumental hip-hop - dubstep seems to have largely passed it by. The Dubstep Rotterdam crew wants to change all that. Here, they deliver three solid cuts to attract the heads. Le Lion kicks things off with "Battleship", a pan-fried fusion of sparse, tech-tinged beats and rumbling low-end pressure. Curifex impresses with "Toy Box", a delightful fusion of cascading electronic melodies and classic dubstep percussion. Franky Nuts, meanwhile, brings the skank on his heavy trip into electro-step territory.
Breaking Pattern (D-Operation Drop remix) - (4:20) 140 BPM
Review: The DUPLOC imprint come in with yet another winner, and 2017 looks set to be the year that this fine independent finally makes it through into the big leagues. After all, If they keep on recruiting peeps like Le Lion and D Operation Group the there's nothing that can stop them! "Breaking Pattern" sees Le Lion blast out some sharp shards of low frequencies over a moody, lingering sort of sonic fuzz that will have fans of Burial salivating good and proper; while the tune itself doesn't rest at a slow pace, it has something real and organic about its choice of electronics. The remix from D Operation Drop lifts the lid on the old hertz by delivering another pounding wave of bass to swallow the dance floor whole. And then sum.
Review: What a year it's been for US deep bass imprint Version Collective. Exactly a year ago their inaugural Certified Organic collection lit a raging fire of smouldering singles and, most recently, a remarkable album by Sweepa. Now comes the sequel... Once again it's a far-ranging exploration that takes in some truly unique perspectives with highlights such as the discordant metallic strings of Lilti's remix of "Womple", the delicious didgeridoo-style bass weirdness of Basiclee's "Voyage Dub", the gully croaks and slaps of Drew's Theory's defiant "Nonsense & Knowledge" and the industrial strength drum textures and springy sub of Mr K's "Damage". Another serious statement of intent and showcase of exciting, forward-thinking dub talent, Version Collective are staring down the barrel of another exciting sonically innovative year.